Lessons from Paradise

Lessons from ParadiseSix weeks ago I stepped off the plane from 12 incredible days in Bali at our eQ Personal Mastery Program. As I drove through the traffic from the airport, everything still felt surreal, like I had been in a time capsule. The traffic moved slower or at least I moved slower in it. The hustle and bustle of peak hour didnʼt have a hold on me like other days it may have. I couldnʼt wait to get back to work with all my new ideas.

I reflected on what was different about this situation and me. It wasnʼt just that I had been on a relaxing holiday, as it was so much more than that. I was reminded of truths I knew, reminded of qualities that are a driving force in my life.

The intention of people

There was an incredible, palpable feeling at the Zen Retreat. A high intention that was created by the the staff at the hotel, the eQ team and the participants. The air was electric with the anticipation of change. Everyone was so ready, each in their own unique way, to give up that which no longer served them and to rise to an occasion of falling in love with themselves in a deep new way.

Contrast in Environment

For a couple of nights I stayed in the resort next door as there was no room at the inn. The resort next door was full of happy holidayers with a very different idea of what holidaying looked like. There was alcohol and abundant food and cocktails by the pool and almost and insatiable need to be filled up. The Personal Mastery environment was one of being opened up by loving connection, clean food, inspirational education and fun activities of playfulness together. I could feel the difference as I transitioned from my days at the Zen Retreat to my hotel room. How we create and nurture an environment of people that nurture our highest vision of ourselves is an act of self love. Environment carries us in a direction and we can consciously create an environment that carries us in the direction of our personal success story with ease.

Productive time out

Having a massage every day for a week could sound quite indulgent. From the view point of the industrial era work ethic, I could be lead to believe that it is a guilty pleasure. What I was reminded of however, is that solving problems, innovating and planning new creations happens with greater ease and abundance away from the office. As Einstein said “you canʼt solve a problem with the same mind that created it”. I was reminded of this as I walked along the beach with a mind at ease and centred. Answers, ideas and solutions came flooding in and along with them came a renewed excitement.

Simple Service

There is no such thing as simply being of service, but there is a simplicity that serves – serves the tired heart that is always in threat of living too far into the future or in the past. The people that brought us breakfast and towels and decorated the fruit platter as a work of art and a work of heart served. The teachers that offered up their wisdom served. The resort gardener served. The participants sharing their self discoveries and compassion for one another served. It all reminded me of what it means to give for the love of it. To simplify the equation of what I do and why I do it. I love it. Itʼs that simple.

Clean up our backyard

It is not hard to contribute, in fact it is as easy as breathing to contribute and serve if we get out of our heads that ask “whatʼs in it for us”, “where is our fair exchange”. The whole world is our backyard and our front yard and our home. Bali is a beautiful place that offers up its bounty and beauty to all. What I noticed was the disconnect between the offering of this place and the respect in return. There was rubbish everywhere along the beaches. So we went and cleaned it up. Not all of it, but a start which lead to an idea and jobs being created to support the cleaning up of a part of the world that is our backyard. No committees were needed, no council approval and no sponsored day of the year, just people taking responsibility for their power to make a change.

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